One of the things we want to do here at Trust & Treachery is give you a chance to get to meet our authors. Over the next few weeks, you will see bios and Q&As for our amazing contributors. Today is John Floyd. Stay tuned as additional authors are added every Monday.
John M. Floyd’s short stories and features have appeared in more than 200 different publications, including The Strand Magazine, Woman’s World, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. A former Air Force captain and IBM systems engineer, he won a 2007 Derringer Award for short mystery fiction and has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. John is also the author of three books: Rainbow’s End (2006), Midnight (2008), and Clockwork(2010). He can be found online at http://dogwoodpress.com/floyd/books.html or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/john.m.floyd2
Do you have any recent events to announce (of publications or anything else exciting)?
So far this year I’ve had short stories in two issues of The Strand Magazine, two issues of Woman’s World, and an issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. (Note from the editors – John just celebrated his 50th story published in Woman’s World. Congrats John!)
What inspired you to write this story?
I’ve always enjoyed fictional surprises and plot reversals, and this story gave me a chance to use those techniques. I also like to write, at least occasionally, about strong female characters.
What books and/or authors have most influenced you?
Books: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Silence of the Lambs, Lonesome Dove
Authors: Lee Child, Jack Ritchie, Elmore Leonard, Nelson DeMille, Stephen King
What are you reading now?
Supreme Courtship, by Christopher Buckley.
What are your current projects?
More short stories, a collection of light verse, and a fourth book (sheduled for release in spring 2013).
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Read everything you can get your hands on, write something every day, and don’t ever give up.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just a sincere “thank you” for choosing to read the things I dream up in the middle of the night.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
One of my favorites is this paraphrased observation by Alfred Hitchcock: “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.” I like it because it’s true.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
Being a good (I hope) husband and father.
What inspires you to write and why?
Reading entertaining fiction by talented writers. How could that NOT inspire me?
What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
An editor once told me my rejected story should have ended on page seven. (It was a ten-page story.)
What has been the best compliment?
One of my previously published stories was chosen for use in a high-school curriculum as an example of how to write mystery fiction.
Tell us something unusual (or fun) about you.
During my IBM days, I once traveled to Boston, Miami, Anchorage, and Honolulu in the same month. That was unusual but not fun.